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Rashes or Sores in the Groin

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Topic Overview

Rashes in the groin or genital area are usually caused by irritation of the skin from many sources, such as clothes rubbing against the skin. Rashes that occur without other symptoms are usually minor and often go away with home treatment.

Contact dermatitis

A common cause of a rash is contact with a substance that causes irritation or an allergic reaction (contact dermatitis). People who work with soaps, solvents, or detergents might splash these liquids on their clothes at waist level. Over time, the body can develop allergies to these substances.

Contact dermatitis is rarely serious. But it is often very itchy.

Other rashes in groin or genital area

Certain diseases may increase your risk of a serious infection. People with diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, or an impaired immune system may require medical treatment at the first signs of infection.


Credits for Rashes or Sores in the Groin

Current as of: July 2, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine


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